Friday, 12 February 2016

Hawryluk Paces Wheat Kings past Blades

Ty Lewis snapped a 13-game goalless streak by
scoring a pair of goals in Friday's win.
  Jayce Hawryluk had two goals and three assists to pace the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 7-1 victory over the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night.

  The victory pulled Brandon past Red Deer and back into second-place in the Eastern Conference standings, four points behind the first-place Lethbridge Hurricanes.

  Hawryluk’s night included scoring his 100th career goal, becoming the 29th player in franchise history to reach that milestone, and the Florida Panthers’ draft pick now has ten goals and 24 points in the last ten games.

  “I don’t know if he’s ever played better.  I think he’s playing exceptional, and not just for a game here or a game there but night in and night-out,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Even on Tuesday, on a night we didn’t play all that well, I thought Jayce was our best guy.”

  Nolan Patrick added goal and three assists for the Wheat Kings, extending his goal-scoring streak to five games and giving him 15 goals and 26 points in the last 16 games.

  Ty Lewis scored a pair of power-play goals and added an assist for the Wheat Kings, ending a 13-game goalless streak for the Brandon rookie.

  “Playing with (Hawryluk) and (Patrick), they’re great players and they’re very skilled.  Hawryluk gave me a great pass on the second goal and Patrick threw me a great pass cross-ice on the first one,” said Lewis on CKLQ’s post-game show, “It helps playing with those guys, it keeps the game simple.  It was a good win tonight.”

  Tanner Kaspick also scored in his return to the Brandon lineup after a 19-game absence due to an upper body injury while Duncan Campbell scored the other Wheat Kings’ goal.

  Former Wheat King Braylon Shmyr scored the lone goal for Saskatoon with Brock Hamm making 48 saves in the Blades’ net.

  Logan Thompson made 19 saves in the Brandon net to improve to a perfect 8-and-0 in eight home starts this season.

  Brandon will hit the road to visit the Regina Pats on Saturday night (6:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Brandon scratches Friday were F Connor Gutenberg (lower body), F Linden McCorrister (upper body), D Jordan Thomson (healthy) and F/D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...F Reid Duke picked up his 100th point as a Wheat King on Friday, in his 106th career game...Brandon D Ivan Provorov was +4 on Friday and leads the WHL with a +41 rating...Brandon is 17-0-0-1 in their last 18 regular season meetings with Saskatoon...attendance Friday was 4,725.

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